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Cyber Monday - Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQHoliday

Give the gift of health with The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore and Happy Herbivore Abroad!

If you live in the U.S., Amazon is the best deal. For my international friends, go to book depository (free world wide shipping!). I'm also selling signed copies of both books in our store

and don't forget the 2012 Happy Herbivore Calendar (all proceeds benefit a student!)

Shameless self-promo aside...

I've gotten a few emails and tweets asking for brand and model recommendations; plus gift ideas for foodies -- so here is my list:

Knives: A good knife will totally change your experience in the kitchen! I recently purchased a Victorinox Chef's Knife and I love it! It's inexpensive and feels really comfortable in my hand. ($27.99).

Microplane: I love my microplane zester --  It's my favorite kitchen accessory! Necessary? No. Worth the purchase? YES. ($10.75)

Pressure Cooker: My friend JL is always raving about hers, so I bit the bullet and bought a Presto 6-quart when I moved to Colorado. Let me tell you, I'll never buy canned beans again! They're inexpensive and handy! ($38.00)

Food Processor: I have a mini food processor and a 7-cup food processor. While I managed to live without both for a year (I relied on my blender or chopping skills) having them both has made all the difference -- they save me so much time!

Glass Straws: I know -- a straw sounds like the lamest gift ever but strawesome sent me a free sample recently and I love it so much I'm buying a couple for friends. It's a great stocking stuffer!

Cookware Set: I use Emilware, Emiril's line of kitchen pots and pans. It's a splurge, but worth every penny! 

Kindle Fire: Santa brought Scott a Kindle Fire early. It's awesome -- like the iPad, but cheaper. 

Books: I gave my mom the Hunger Games Trilogy for her birthday. I read all three books in the span of a weekend! I read Switch and What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty when traveling in Europe and both books were life-changing awesome! 

Finally,Nutritional Yeast: Because everyone needs a bag of nutritional yeast in their stocking!

Happy shopping!

Whole Wheat Fat-Free Vegan Gingerbread Scone Recipe

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Recipe

Hi Herbies :] It's Andrea- I'm here with a seasonal recipe! As much as I like the idea of Thanksgiving and pumpkin flavored things, I'm much more of a Christmas girl. Last year, I went through an iced coffee+Clif Bar phase when my school schedule got crazy around finals. My favorite was the seasonal flavors- especially the iced gingerbread.

Iced Gingerbread Clif Bar

I don't think I had ever had a gingerbread cookie or flavored food before tasting this! We're super Greek, my mom was more into baklava than cookies on holidays ;]

This year, I'm trying to stay away from eating dozens of Clif Bars so I baked my own gingerbread scones. They're just as easy for a breakfast treat and whole wheat...and have a much shorter ingredient list. (I added the ingredient list part so I wouldn't rhyme..treat and whole wheat? I'm a poet. Anyway!)

Ingredients
Yield:
6 scones

1.5 cup whole wheat pastry flour 
1 tbsp and 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt (I never measure salt in my baking!)
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger 
.5 teaspoon nutmeg
.5 teaspoon ground cloves (this gives a pretty strong clove flavor- if you like things less clovey I would decrease it to 1/4 of a teaspoon*)
 2 tbsp non-dairy milk (optional)

Directions:Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Combine whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, salt, and spices in one bowl. Whisk together until all of the dry ingredients are combined.
2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
3. Pour your apple sauce, vanilla and maple syrup into the well. Combine wet and dry, if it seems too dry add the optional non-dairy milk. You do not want a very wet/runny dough, but it should be tacky. 
4.I made these by using a large cookie scoop and scooping the dough onto a sprayed cookie sheet. A cookie scoop is essentially like a large ice cream scoop, it makes your baked goods uniformed. You can also use a measuring cup to get the same amount of dough in each scone. 
5. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until firm to touch. 

Table of Contents for Everyday Happy Herbivore

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Since Amazon dropped the ball and still hasn't added the "look inside" feature to my new cookbook (it's coming, I swear!) -- I've uploaded the Table of Contents to Facebook. I'll add some foodie pictures to the album this week.

(This is just the first page - see the rest on Facebook).

EHH will be available in ebook form, though I hear closer to the *official* release date which is 12-6. Amazon is shipping preorders already! 

Get your copy!